Nicholas Quardokus is appointed canon organist and director of music for Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, South Carolina, effective August 1.
Quarkokus has served as assistant organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, since 2019. Prior to that, he served as organ scholar at St. Paul’s, K Street, Washington, D.C. In addition to duties at St. Paul’s, he was a part-time interim organist at Washington National Cathedral. He has held similar posts at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel, Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, Connecticut, and Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, and his Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven.
Quardokus has won prizes in competitions around the country, winning first prize and hymn-playing prize at the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in Wethersfield, Connecticut. In 2013, he took first prize in the American Guild of Organists Region V Competition for Young Organists. As a solo recitalist, he has performed throughout the eastern United States, appearing at both regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Kennedy Center, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. His solo performances have been heard broadcast across the nation on public radio’s Harmonia Early Music and Pipedreams. He was the featured organist in the 2018 German documentary The Unanswered Ives, broadcast on French, German, and Czech television. As a collaborator, he has appeared with the Cathedral Choral Society, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Washington Master Chorale. He is a member of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2017.
For information: gracechurchcharleston.org.
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